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Downtown Bend Library

Downtown Bend

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Sunday12:005:00
Monday10:008:00
Tuesday10:008:00
Wednesday10:008:00
Thursday10:006:00
Friday10:006:00
Saturday12:005:00

601 N.W. Wall Street
Bend, OR 97703

Phone: (541) 617-7050
Fax: (541) 617-7083

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The Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The two-story, 38,855-square-foot library opened in 1998 and features exposed beams and high ceilings, complemented with eastward-facing windows, looking over Bend’s civic square.

The library’s large children’s area, located on the ground floor, includes an interactive Early Learning Space. You’ll also find a large community space, the Brooks Room, on the first floor that hosts story times for children as well as cultural programs for teens and adults. The second floor of the library houses teen and adult print and digital materials, as well as public computers, a meeting room, and reading and study spaces. Rotating art exhibitions reflect the talent of the local community. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

Upcoming Events

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  • Sep 24 2017

    1:00 PM - Sunday - Brooks Room

    Join us to discuss gene editing and its potential impacts on biomedicine, agriculture, energy, and more. Portland State's Dr. Bryan Cwik discusses gene editing and its potential impacts on biomedicine, agriculture, energy, and more. Gene editing is one of the key technologies of the 21st century and the "fourth industrial revolution", with potentially revolutionary impacts in biomedicine, agriculture, energy, and materials science, among others. We will discuss the promises, perils, and prospects of gene editing, and important questions we must tackle in order to use this technology responsibly. Bryan Cwik is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and University Studies at Portland State University. He earned his PhD at the University of Virginia, and prior to coming to Portland he was a postdoc at Penn State and taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He works in biomedical ethics, and teaches courses on biotechnology and the ethics of emerging medical technologies, global health, and environmental philosophy, among other topics.

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  • Sep 25 2017

    10:00 AM - Monday - Meyer Classroom

    Sarah Kelley is available for one-on-one sessions to answer questions and provide community assistance for housing, mental health support, benefits and more. Meyer Classroom.541-728-1022

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  • Sep 26 2017

    10:15 AM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Ages 19-36 months. Stories, Rhymes and Songs

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  • Sep 26 2017

    11:00 AM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    18-36 Months. Stories, rhymes and songs!

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  • Sep 26 2017

    1:30 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Stories, songs and crafts that develop early literacy skills.

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  • Sep 26 2017

    2:30 PM - Tuesday - Meyer Classroom * Registration Required

    This basic class is designed for those with very little or no computer experience. It covers parts of the PC, mouse skills, scrolling, and other basic tasks with in the Windows operating system. Prerequisites: None

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  • Sep 26 2017

    4:00 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Learn more about sculpture through weekly projects and presentations. Registration required (one registration for all four sessions).Four week, introductory studio art program for tweens. The primary goal is to develop an awareness and appreciation for 3D sculpture (both in the round and bas-relief) and the limitless possibilities for making sculpture out of easily sourced (free, household and low-cost) materials. Tweens will have the opportunity to explore a variety of sculptural mediums (including clay, wire, foam, and paper) while creating three-dimensional forms. Attendees will also develop an introductory understanding of the Principles of Design and the Elements of Art as they incorporate these fundamentals into their design process.

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  • Sep 26 2017

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Hutchinson Room

    Discussing Paradise Lost by John Milton. Everyone welcome.

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  • Sep 26 2017

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Meyer Classroom

    Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has “been there, done that.” SCORE business counselors will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for free one-on-one small business counseling. Individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary.

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  • Sep 26 2017

    6:00 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Explore Romantic art as reaction to the changing industrial world of the early 19th Century.At the dawn of the 19th Century in Europe, new technologies were dramatically changing the way people lived, produced goods, and traveled. The ideas of the Enlightenment and the advances of the Industrial Revolution had given mankind a newfound faith in the products of reason and human invention. Not everyone saw these changes as entirely positive, however. This period saw the new philosophical movement of Romanticism take hold in the arts and literature. Romantic thinkers rejected the Enlightenment's focus on reason and instead embraced humanity's capacity for emotion and passion (traits that were seen as weaknesses by Enlightenment thinkers.) Many Romantic artworks and stories express a nostalgia for the pre-industrial past, and celebrate the idea of nature as something beyond mankind's ability to conquer and control with new technologies. During this presentation Jason Lamb will examine and explore a number of Romantic artworks that can be understood as reactions to the changing industrial world of the early 19th Century.Jason Lamb is a published artist, video game designer and art historian with a specialization in Early Modern Art. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History from the University of Illinois and went on to complete a Master of Arts degree in Art History at Northern Illinois University. He has given talks on various topics in early modern art at Northern Illinois University, Illinois Central College and the Art Institute of Chicago. His current studio practice is focused primarily in digital painting and animation, and recently his painting, animation and design work was used in the 2014 video game Quest for Infamy, published by Phoenix Online Studios. Jason currently works as a full time professor of Art History at Central Oregon Community College.

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  • Sep 27 2017

    10:15 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    For children 18-36 months. Participation stories and movement rhymes to enhance social and language development

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  • Sep 27 2017

    11:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    0-18 months. 15 minutes of gentle stories, rhymes, and rhythmsStay and Play after Baby Steps story time at 11:30, enjoy time for you and your child to interact with other 0-18 month olds and their parents.

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  • Sep 27 2017

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Meyer Classroom

    Sarah Kelley is available for one-on-one sessions to answer questions and provide community assistance for housing, mental health support, benefits and more. Meyer Classroom. 541-728-1022

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  • Sep 27 2017

    6:00 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Cellist Billy Mickelson leads a "spoken concert," about the intersection of work, community and creativity. Registration required.Using cello music as a soundtrack local musician Billy Mickelson, who performs as Third Seven, leads a "spoken concert," a discussion about the intersection of work, community and creativity. Come be inspired.Space is limited and registration is required.

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  • Sep 28 2017

    1:30 PM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    0-18 months. 15 minutes of gentle stories, rhymes, and rhythmsStay and Play after Baby Steps story time at 11:30, enjoy time for you and your child to interact with other 0-18 month olds and their parents.

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  • Sep 28 2017

    2:30 PM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom

    Free time to practice your computer skills or work on any problems you’re having with one of our staff on hand to help.

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  • Sep 29 2017

    10:30 AM - Friday - Brooks Room

    Stories, songs and crafts that develop early literacy skills.

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  • Sep 29 2017

    3:00 PM - Friday - Meyer Classroom

    Sarah Kelley or Britta Schroeter-Phillips are available for drop-in, one-on-one sessions to answer questions and provide community assistance for housing, mental health support, benefits and more. Meyer Classroom.541-728-1022

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